This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Happy Friday.  I hope that everyone is enjoying the time away from your classrooms.  Here’s a great start to your day – some of the latest from Ontario Edubloggers.

Information about “The Kindergarten Program” 2016

I know that many teachers have been wondering and this latest post from Joanne Babalis shares the latest information about The Kindergarten Program curriculum document.

The post is loaded with an analysis of the new document.  This will be of real interest for Early Years’ teachers.

Bring Digital Literacy and Citizenship Skills to Your Class

This blog post, by Rusul Alrubail, originally appeared on the Learner Log.

When it comes to digital citizenship, there are several elements (including elements of digital literacy) that are important to discuss and understand. Mike Ribble identifies 9 digital citizenship elements. In my classroom, I found myself covering the following:

This is an interesting article to read.  I like the way that she addresses some of the student concerns she addresses in the post.  So often, we think that everything is so wide open and understood by all.  Her students would be a bit older than the K-12 students and so they’ve got more understanding of the issues.  It’s a real thought provoker.


From the Bring IT Together blog, Peter McAsh shares the status of the November conference.  In this one post, he’ll get you up to speed.

If you’re attending or thinking about attending, there’s one paragraph that’s really important.

Sylvia Duckworth is leading a team that will be creating a customized BreakoutEDU event.  It is being held as a social event on Thursday evening.  It is limited to the first 100 people who select the event when they register.  Sylvia is also presenting a session on BreakoutEDU on Friday – details are in Lanyrd.

This event is limited in attendance.  If you’re interested, you may wish to expedite your registration to make sure that you save yourself a spot.

Updates from the Education Library Blog

At the Faculty of Education at Western University, there were a huge number of updates posted recently.  Granted, most are geared for students taking summer courses, the topics give a nice sense of the pulse of education.

And … now you’re up to date! Thanks, Denise Horoky

What is Your Vision for the Future of Education?

What a thought provoking question from Camille Rutherford.

And, it can be done in three easy steps.

I started by thinking in the past.  How were things 10 years ago?  Part of everyone’s responsibility is to stay on top of things.  Of course, my focus was on technology in the classroom so there’s a definite influence there.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to work with a number of talented colleagues and had equally as talented connections throughout the province.  My favourite quote came from one of our online teachers who would often set the tome “If you were king of the world, …”.  It’s an interesting thought.  You have your own sphere of influence but you can’t do it alone.  I like Camille’s first step – collected signals from the present – there should be no limit to what your collecting.

And, most certainly one of the signals will be the structure within you work.

Can this be done?

Perception is Reality, except when it isn’t

Tim King takes us on a trip of his successes and reality from the past year.  From the sound of things, he did have some highs.  I found myself nodding in agreement with some of his thoughts about wrapping up the year.

As the year wound down I came to realize that information technology has become like plumbing or electricity: no one thinks or cares about it unless it doesn’t work.  Fortunately I’m good at IT and get a a lot of satisfaction out of solving problems in it (not to mention my staying sharp in technology allows me to teach it better), so even though it is nothing I’m contracted to do I still beaver away in the background trying to create a more accessible, current and consistent educational technology platform for our teachers to use.

What’s even more interesting is his extension to the summer where he plans to “get his mojo back”.  Once he does, he’s got some big plans and they’re all outlined towards the end of the post.

Thanks to these great blog posts to keep the thinking alive during the summer.  It’s always enjoyable; please take a moment to click through and enjoy the complete posts.

OTR Links 07/08/2016

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.